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Tentalus

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Tentalus
Tantulus.png
Tentalus artwork from Skyward Sword
Title
Abyssal Leviathan
Game(s)Skyward Sword
Dungeon(s)Sandship
Weakness(es)Eye
Hair
Tentacles
Reward(s)Heart Container
Nayru's Flame
Theme Music

Abyssal Leviathan: Tentalus is a boss in Skyward Sword. It is the boss of the Sandship.

Characteristics and Weaknesses

Fi's Comment

A report, master.

Tentalus

As you can likely gather from its other title, this "Abyssal Leviathan" is said to have been a tyrant of the ancient seas. Its enormous tentacles can be repelled, but they will regenerate after a short time.

My analysis shows that by repelling a number of its aggressive tentacles, the beast will reveal itself. There is a 99% probability that the tentacles that attacked you on the ship, Master, can be attributed to Tentalus. I theorize that using a sacred power will be the most effective means of repelling the tentacles.

Results from my analysis confirm that its tentacles can be severed with a well-aimed Skyward Strike. I theorize that the creature's eye is its weak point, but the probability that you can actually hit the eye with a Skyward Strike is approximately 0%. Instead, I recommend utilizing long-range weapons.

To accurately strike at the creature's eye--its weak spot--a bow will be most effective. You can press the analogue stick to move with your bow drawn. I recommend shooting arrows immediately after dodging attacks launched by Tentalus.

In order to attack Tentalus's weak spot, its eye, you must first deal with the tentacles attempting to latch on to you. My analysis shows you can easily slice the tip of the tentacles with your sword.

Because this monster's tentacles attack incessantly and in large number, it is too dangerous to respond to them one at a time. My analysis indicates it is possible to repel the tentacles more efficiently by concentrating an all-out assault on them with your sword.

When the tentacles are repelled, they may drop hearts and arrows. Should you find yourself in danger because of low hearts or arrows, concentrate on attacking the tentacles rather than fleeing from battle.

When Link tries to access the control room on the Sandship, Tentalus appears and nearly destroys the whole vessel with its massive tentacles. Due to Tentalus' immense size, Link cannot significantly damage or even reach the majority of its body; only when the boss' eye is within reach of Link's Sword can legitimate damage be applied. To obtain Nayru's Flame, Link must best the beast in battle atop the crushed ship's deck.

After opening the door to the Sandship's power room with the Squid Carving, the battle begins. Fi notes that there seems to be a large lifeform attacking the ship from the outside, and Link must make his way to the deck of the Sandship. During his ascent, Tentalus's tentacles burst through the side of the ship, halting his progress. Link uses a Skyward Strike perpendicular to the tentacles orientation to cut them away; the rocking of the ship dislodges barrels that also oppose Link's progress to the ship's deck.

After climbing to the deck, Link avoids Tentalus's tentacles and continues to remove them with perpendicular Skyward Strikes or the Bow's Arrows. Once several tentacles have been removed, Tentalus surfaces from the waves and attempts to damage Link with its arms. Link must then shoot its large eye with an Arrow, stunning it. While it is stunned, Link must then attack it directly with his Sword. In addition, by cutting off Tentalus's tentacle "hair", Link may receive more Arrows and Hearts. After enough damage has been dealt, Tentalus breaks part of the deck, causing a few barrels to fall towards Link, and a crate also falls from the higher level of the deck. Using the crate, Link must then climbs up to the upper level, where the battle continues.

Tentalus continues to attack in much of the same manner and is damaged in the same way. However, instead of attacking with its tentacles from below, it attacks with its toothed tentacle "hair", which is repelled by quick Sword slashes on Link's part. Alternatively, Link may jump off the deck once the hair appears. Doing so yields Link no damage, and allows him enough time to aim a shot at Tentalus's eye before the "hair" returns.

Once Link defeats Tentalus, the storm clears. Link is then rewarded with a Heart Container and Nayru's Flame, upgrading his Sword with enhanced Dowsing abilities.

Trivia

  • Tentalus shares its boss theme with Scaldera.
  • The battle with Tentalus is similar to the battle with Phytops from Spirit Tracks. Both bosses are enormous, aquatic beasts that attack Link with their tentacles on his way to the arena itself, and for both of them, their weak spot is their single eye.

Nomenclature

Tentalus is a portmanteau of "tentacle" and Tantalus, an ancient Greek mythological figure who was doomed to live in a pool of water as an eternal punishment for his wrongdoings.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 古代海獣 ダイダゴス (Kodai Kaijū Daidagosu) Ancient Marine Monster: Daidagos
French Republic FrenchEU Monstre Marin Antique Daidagos Ancient Sea Monster Daidagos
Federal Republic of Germany German Uraltes Meeresgrauen, Daidagos Ancient Sea Horror, Daidagos
Italian Republic Italian Antica creatura marina, Meduclope Ancient marine creature, Meduclope
Republic of Korea Korean 고대해수 그레옥타스 (Godae Haesu Geureoktaseu) Ancient Sea Monster: Greoctas
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Monstruo Marino Ancestral Daidagos Ancient Marine Monster: Daidagos
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